11/23/2016 12:57 EST | Updated 11/24/2017 00:12 EST

Canadian accused in death countryman in Mexico jailed as 'precaution'

CHICXULUB, Mexico — A Mexican judge has ordered a Canadian man who was arrested for the killing of a fellow countryman to be locked up for nine months as a "precautionary measure" while authorities investigate the death.

A news release from the attorney general's office for the state of Yucatan describes the imprisonment as an "informal preventative detention."

The document says the attorney general has six months to complete its investigation before prosecution.

The man, identified only by his initials, is being held over a fatal stabbing of another Canadian man that took place on Nov. 13 in the port town of Chucxulub Puerto on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula.

An earlier news release says the victim died after being stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife while in the company of the suspect and one other person.

Friends and family have identified the man killed as 48-year-old Roger Corbett of Victoria.